First Aust female trainer wins Melbourne Cup

November 5, 2013

Fiorente, ridden by Damien Oliver, and trained by Gai Waterhouse, won the Melbourne Cup.

Ageless marvel Red Cadeaux has run second for the second time after finishing runner-up by a few pixels to Dunaden in 2011, while Mount Athos ran third, in what will be another frustrating placing for the English Cumani stable. . .

Waterhouse is the first Australian woman to train a Cup winner.

For those who follow my totally unreliable method of picking winners by the jockey’s colours, Oliver was in black with a hot pink stripe for his third Cup win.

Red Cadeuaux’s jockey Gerald Mosse was in tourquise with red diamonds and Mount Athos was ridden by Craig Williams in grey with gold stars.

Waterhouse’s son Tom will be thrilled with the win, he won $1,000,000 betting on the horse.

#gigatownoamaru is still racing towards the #gigatown prize.

 


Melbourne Cup sweepstake

November 6, 2012

Let’s not incur the wrath of Internal Affairs which warns any sweepstake with a prize worth more than $500 would be breaking the rules.

But let’s have some fun with an electronic sweepstake for this afternoon’s Melbourne Cup with an electronic batch of meringues for the winner.

TV3 has a downloadable sweepstake form which includes the important detail of jockey’s colours.

I’m picking:

#9 Sanagas for first place – the jockey is in blue with a horseshoe on the front of his shirt.

# 20 Zabeelionaire for second – the jockey is in blue and gold, which are Otago colours and its a New Zealand horse. The only other New Zealand horse’s name is Maluckyday which appeals but the jockey’s shirt sleeves are pink.

#1  Dunaden for third sounds similar to Dunedin, the jockey’s in blue and gold and it’s a previous winner.

P.S.

The form includes the jockey’s weights. Some of the heroes in Dick Francis books mutter about constant hunger and taking saunas to reduce their weight. But how do you have the strength to race when you’re not eating enough?


Photo finish in Melbourne Cup

November 1, 2011

Dunaden won the 151st Melbourne Cup in a photo finish from Red Cadeaux with Lucas Cranach in third place.

I may have to revist my aunt’s method of picking winners.

Going for the name, which sounds a bit like Dunedin adn the jockey wearing Otago colours, blue with yellow stars – ought to have tempted me.


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